NIO 333 Formula E Team has responded to the ongoing coronavirus outbreak and revealed that its driver Ma Qing Hua is under a precautionary 14-day quarantine period ahead of the Mexico City E-Prix.
Ma is the only Chinese driver in the ABB FIA Formula E Championship and arrived in Mexico on Sunday to ensure a 14-day quarantine period ahead of the race.
The coronavirus outbreak originated in the Chinese city of Wuhan and spread to all regions of China, with a small number of cases also reported in other countries around the world.
A number of countries have placed restrictions on Chinese nationals crossing their borders, while other countries, including the U.S. and UK, have issued travel warnings to their own citizens in China.
A statement released by NIO on Tuesday said that Ma’s precautionary quarantine has been taken out to act “in a responsible manner toward the championship and personnels involved in Formula E”.
It also outlined that while a number of the team’s Chinese staff celebrated the Chinese New Year at home, all team members remained in Shanghai in response to the government’s advice following the outbreak.
“All the staffs are well and healthy, currently preparing the next round of Mexico City E-Prix,” the statement confirmed.”
On Sunday, Formula E took the decision to cancel next month’s Sanya E-Prix amid growing concerns about the outbreak, leaving no Chinese round on the 2019-20 calendar.
The race could be added back onto the schedule at a later date, most likely in May, or replaced by an additional round at another existing weekend.
“We look forward to welcoming the Sanya E-Prix back to the 2019-2020 ABB FIA Formula E Championship’s calendar once the situation is improved and we hope to support China in this critical fight by a strong performance on track,” NIO’s statement added.